Maybole Gala 2006
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Photos above from Gala 2006. Click on the images to view full size

Maybole Gala Day was a great success last Saturday and the rain stayed away. Susan Whiteman, chair of Maybole Community Association who organise the annual event, thanked everyone who took part saying, “A lot of hard work and co-operation went into the parade and we would like to express our appreciation to everyone." Maybole Pipe Band led off the parade from Carrick Academy followed by the town’s royal couple, walking groups and, bringing up the rear, Samba Ya Bamba.


At Glebe Park Provost Winifred Sloan Hill officially opened the gala and then Owen McDowall was crowned King of Carrick by Sandra Osborne MP and Amy Strang was crowned Queen by Cathy Jamieson MSP. The new king and queen are P7 pupils at St Cuthbert’s Primary. Their attendants were Cairn pupils Kyle Harkness (Crown Bearer) and Emma Eaglesham (Lady In Waiting) and Gardenrose pupils Ryan Dunlop (Crown Bearer) and Chloe Miller (Lady In Waiting).  Maybole Brownies were judged the best walking group with St Cuthbert's PTA runner-up.


Fancy dress winners were:

Under 5s _ 1st Adam Collins (   Moon Buggy)   2nd Bonnie McDonald (Yellow Princess) 3rd Abby Eccles Highly Commended Ewan Smith

5 – 12 years 1st Kieron Robb (Dalek) 2nd Louisa Davidson (Geisha) 3rd Ali Roy (Grey Face)

Adults 1st Helen Zagorski (Outer Space) 2nd Becky Fleming (Candle) 3rd Michelle McDowall (Mars Bar) Highly Commended Laura Kiltie

Best Parasol/Umbrella 1st Scott Anderson 2nd Emily Maxwell 3rd Ryan Maxwell Highly Commended Keiron Robb


Highlight of the afternoon was Maybole branch of the Royal British Legion in a unique ceremony to Troop their Colours. Maybole Pipe Band led the colours into the arena and the legion members were inspected by Major George Hay, Depute Lord Lieutenant. Dunaskin Doon Band played a selection of music during the ceremony. Rev Dave Whiteman recounted the history of the formation of the British Legion in 1921.


Children were well catered for by several performances by Uncle Billy and races and entertainment was provided by Ayrshire Muay Thai kickboxers,  Samba Ya Bamba, Maybole Majorettes and Dance School, and Thorpe Karate School.


Mrs Whiteman was pleased with the number of local people who turned out for the gala and how things had gone in the run-up to it. She said: "Our service at Crossraguel the previous Sunday was a wonderful start to our gala week and we had great fun at our team quiz night. "The pet show was very successful too, with lots of people bringing along their pets and joining in the fun."


Other competition winners were:

BEST DRESSED SHOP WINDOW 1st (Shield) Rosebank Store (Garden Party)

2nd File & Style (Mosey Along) Highly Commended McInnes’s Paper Rack (Deal or No Deal), Scruples (World Cup), Pet Food Co. (Sherlock Bones), Cameron’s (Find the Red Tee)



HARD LANDSCAPING 1st (Salver) Mr Smith 23 The Loaning 2nd (Cert.) St Oswald’s Church Cargill Road

SOFT LANDSCAPING 1st (Salver) Mrs A. McDowall 8 Fineview Place 2nd (Cert.) Fleming 15 Cargill Road Highly Commended Gardenrose Primary School, Mr Arneil 19 Vicarlands


Pet Show winners:

BEST IN SHOW 1st Andrew Pollock with his dog Holly 2nd T. J. Steel with rabbit Novo 3rd Sophie McPherson with cat Fluffy

DOGS MOST LIKE OWNER 1st William Jess with greyhound Fletch 2nd Nicole McCrorie with alsation Kez 3rd Grant Murchie with Labrador Sophie

HAPPIEST DOG 1st Leslie Ann Jess with Timmy 2nd Andrew Pollock with Holly 3rd Alison Humphries with Perry

FASTEST SITTER 1st Andrew Pollock with Holly 2nd Jamie Reid with Roxie 3rd Holly Humphries with Bonnie

NOISIEST DOG 1st Kay Easton with Domino 2nd Michelle McDowall with Spencer 3rd Hayley Reid with Lunar

RABBITS & GUINEA PIGS 1st T. J. Steel with rabbit Novo 2nd Zoe Wallace with Guinea Pig Summer

CAT 1st Sophie McPherson with Fluffy

FERRETS 1st Nathan Davidson with Cheezy


The prizes were kindly donated by the Pet Food Co. Ltd., High Street, Maybole